A Ribbon-Cutting for Valley Forge Military Academy’s New School in Qatar

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A color guard of students from Valley Forge Academy Qatar participated in the ribbon cutting and official school opening.
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A color guard of students from Valley Forge Academy Qatar participated in the ribbon cutting and official school opening.

Valley Forge Military Academy and College has a global footprint these days with a partner school in Doha, Qatar.

A delegation from the Wayne-based VFMA participated this week in an official ribbon cutting of the new international school facilities.

Valley Forge Academy Qatar was established last year to deliver an American curriculum while integrating Qatari culture, Arabic language, and Islamic teachings for boys from Pre-K through Grade 7.

It is modeled on VFMA’s Five Cornerstones, teaching Academic Excellence, Character Development, Personal Motivation, Physical Development, and Leadership.

The US delegation included Col Stuart B. Helgeson, USMCR (Ret), president of Valley Forge Military Academy & College; John English, chairman of the VFMA Foundation Board of Trustees; Dr. Christine Royce, member of the Board of Trustees; and Eric Saul, Chief Operating Officer, VFMAC..

Dignataries at the ceremony. They are (front, from left) Saad Ebrahim Almuhannadi, chairman of Valley Forge Academy Qatar; John English, chairman of the Board, Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation; (rear, from left) Paul Milward Lea, IV., president of Valley Forge Academy Qatar; Col. Stuart B. Helgeson USMCR (Ret), president, Valley Forge Military Academy, and College; Abdallah Al-Ali, board member; and Dr. Mohamed Dobashi, managing director of Valley Forge Academy Qatar.

“VFMA has a nearly 100 years of success educating young men and developing them into global leaders,” said Col Helgeson. “VFAQ is beginning its own legacy to do the same with the young men of Qatar.”

VFAQ appointed Dr. Paul Milward Lea IV, as president of the new school.

Dr Lea, a graduate of both Valley Forge Military Academy and Valley Forge Military College, served as dean of Valley Forge Military Academy prior to this assignment.

“This milestone event is an opportunity to formally welcome the founding families, their sons, and invited guests to the school facilities to highlight both the personnel and facilities which are helping to mould and support our young men of VFAQ.”

While VFAQ opened its doors in August 2022, all facilities have only recently been completed.

As part of the celebration, the students participated in a parade, demonstrating a color guard posting the colors, class formations, and marching.

VFMA’s founder, General Milton G Baker, intended that VFMA enable young men to enter life carrying a high sense of honor, a recognition of the value of patriotism, and a proper respect for discipline, law, and order.

“The administration, faculty, and staff at VFAQ, look forward to carrying this mantra forward here in Qatar coupled with Islamic studies, Arabic language, and Qatari history as we look forward to our next century educating young men,” said Dr. Lea. “Both schools view their roles and purpose as essential to building strong future global leaders.”

Valley Forge Military Academy is an international private, independent college preparatory school for boys in grades 7-12.

Find out more about Valley Forge Military Academy.

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